Team USA reaches championship match of Pan American Cup


Stanford grad Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand had 10 kills and a block and the United States women's senior volleyball team swept Cuba, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday in the semifinals of the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru.

Krista Vansant scored a match-high 19 points in helping Team USA qualify for the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix Group 1, as one of the top two NORCECA teams in the final standings.

Kristin Hildebrand/USAV
The Americans are now one victory away from claiming its fourth gold medal in the event and have Team USA, which has lost just one set in six Pan Am Cup matches this year, will face the defending Cup champion Dominican Republic or Argentina.

"It was a good test for our team," Vansant said. "It was a tough match for USA as Cuba has a very good service game. They took the lead in the third set, but our defense responded very well."

Setter Carli Lloyd charted three blocks and a two aces for five points in the victory. She set Team USA to a 58.8 kill percent and a .513 hitting efficiency (47-6-80) with 30 running sets on 69 total sets. Stanford grads Cassidy Lichtman and Alix Klineman each scored one point in the victory.

"It was a good performance from my team on the court," said David Hunt, who is serving as the U.S. head coach at the Pan Am Cup. "We had to come out strong against Cuba and they did that. Things got complicated in the third set, but we were able to answer back."

Hildebrand was cr

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA volleyball

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